“All of the creative arts are important because they don’t have resolutions. They don’t have answers, they only present questions, they show people trying to resolve the questions, and they make audiences feel that they are someone else for a little while. They put people into touch emotionally, and I think that’s the most important thing anyone can do in this world because I think people tend to harden as they get to be mature. They harden away from each other. And when people have no emotion toward each other, it’s unspeakable what one human being can do to another. So to me, it’s an artist’s function to make other people burn and suffer and feel all of the things that he does. If you can remember that, then you can’t harden your heart towards others.”

— Gena Rowlands